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The 2007 Claxton Shield Competition

Friday 19th to Saturday 27th January 2007

Perth, Western Australia

"Just like a good John Wayne movie they are hitchin’ up the wagons and heading West,
as Australia’s best baseball “gunslingers” descend on Perth to dual it out
for top honours in the 2007 Financial Wealth Claxton Shield

Aussie superstars will battle it out to be crowned
during a week-long battle for national bragging rights and State supremacy

Games will be held at Baseball Park, Thornlie over nine days and nights
of heart-stopping action as over 120 of the country’s best showcase their skills
for Australia’s most prestigious and coveted baseball trophy"


Highlights of previous Claxton Shield Tournaments

Brett's photo was used in the two promotional posters

"The prestigious HELMS AWARD, awarded to the 'Player of the Series',
was taken out by Queenslander Brett Roneberg!!!"

Queensland are The Champions!!!



--Click here for details and photos

Game Schedule

The competing teams, game times, venues
----------Each team plays five games
----------The top four teams then play in the Semi-Finals and Grand-Final

The Queensland Team -

The Queensland roster - including Team Coaching Staff and Officials
----------Brett is listed as an outfielder and first-baseman
----------Will be wearing uniform #19

-----------------------PHOTOS-(click on images)-

----------PHOTOS-(click on images)---------------------

Previews of the Queensland Team
----------From the Australian Baseball Federation web site ......Brett listed as one of "The Players to Watch"
----------From "Flintoff and Dunn's Australian Baseball" web site

Pre Claxton Shield warm-up games against the California Lutheran University Baseball Team - details of four games played by the Queensland team against this visiting USA team - includes game reports and emails from Brett

The Venues

The main venue is
Baseball Park
Corner of Wilfred and Nicholson Roads
Thornlie, Western Australia

Click on this thumbnail image

for details and seventeen photos of the Complex

NOTE - The Queensland Team will be playing one game at Rockingham
As yet, I have not been able to find any photos of this venue


The Games

#01 - Queensland v Australian Provincials - Saturday 20th January 2007
Won by Queensland - 3 runs to 2

----------Box Score
----------'Play-by-Play' Report
----------Game Report ......Brett mentioned

----------PHOTOS-(click on images)-

#02 - Queensland v Victoria - Sunday 21st January 2007
Won by Victoria - 10 runs to 1

----------Box Score
----------'Play-by-Play' Report
----------Game Report ......Brett mentioned

----------PHOTOS-(click on images)-

#03 - Queensland v South Australia - Monday 22nd January 2007
Won by Queensland - 13 runs to 1

----------Box Score
----------'Play-by-Play' Report
----------Game Report ......Brett mentioned

----------PHOTOS-(click on images)-
----------PHOTOS-(click on images)-

#04 - Queensland v Western Australia - Tuesday 23rd January 2007
Won by Queensland - 6 runs to 0

----------Box Score
----------'Play-by-Play' Report
----------Game Report ......Brett mentioned

----------ATTENTION - click here for details on Brett's wrist injury during today's game

----------PHOTOS-(click on images)-

#05 - Queensland v New South Wales - Wednesday 24th January 2007
Won by New South Wales - 9 runs to 3

----------Box Score ......Brett did not play due to bruised hand
----------'Play-by-Play' Report ......Brett did not play due to bruised hand
----------Game Report



More Photos

The above photos were published on the ABF's web site following each game
When Brett returned from the Claxton Shield, he had a disc which included the 23 photos below
Some of these are the same as the ones above,
BUT they were in a higher resolution so these shots are "much bigger and much better"!!
Simply click on the thumbnail images to see each photo








After the five preliminary games
Does not include the Finals Series

Queensland Team
----------Overall Statistics - batting, pitching, catching and fielding
----------Category Leaders - batting, pitching, catching and fielding

The Tournament
----------All Player Statistics - batting, pitching, catching and fielding
----------Category Leaders - batting, pitching, catching and fielding

Claxton Shield 2007












































The Finals Series

Claxton Shield Finals set to rock Perth

With the 2007 Financial Wealth Claxton Shield Finals Series just one day away, this weekend’s action at Perth’s Baseball Park will be nothing short of spectacular
The NSW Patriots, Queensland Rams, Victoria Aces and the South Australian Bite have now earned their place in the finals

Both NSW and QLD will be out to establish a modern dynasty after splitting Claxton Shield honours over the last four years
The Patriots were back-to-back champions on home soil in 2004 and 2005 - while the Rams won it all in 2003, and enter the ’07 championships as defending champions following a spectacular undefeated run last year

But the other teams certainly don’t plan on making it as simple as a two-side showdown

The Victorians have played bridesmaid in three of the last four Shield finals and are eager to lose the mantle as perennials runners-up and South Australia, who have not won a National Championship since 1980, will be desperately looking to end a 26-year Claxton Shield drought

The Finals talent will be the best line-up ever assembled in Perth baseball history, with 36 US Professionals and 13 Olympic Silver Medallists still left in the playoff hunt
Major League stars Peter Moylan (Atlanta Braves) and Glenn Williams (Minnesota Twins), will join other highly ranks US professionals like Paul Mildren (Florida Marlins), Trent Oeltjen (Twins), Michael Collins (Anaheim Angels) and
Brett Roneberg (Pittsburgh Pirates) in the fierce battle for National selection and Claxton Shield glory

The Semi Finals will start this Thursday Jan 25th with games slated for 3.00pm (Minor Semi) Queensland v South Australia and 7.00pm (Major Semi) New South Wales v Victoria

Australia Day will showcase the Preliminary Final at 7.00pm with the winner earning the right to contest the 2007 Financial Wealth Claxton Shield Grand Final at the same time on Saturday, January 27th

Semi Final

Queensland v South Australia - Thursday 25th January 2007
Won by South Australia - 5 runs to 0

----------Box Score ......Brett did not play due to bruised hand
----------'Play-by-Play' Report ......Brett did not play due to bruised hand
----------Game Report

......and Queensland have been eliminated from the Tournament!!!


The Champions!!!

Victoria claim Shield title in thrilling final showdown

The 2007 Financial Wealth Claxton Shield Grand Final was a fitting showdown between the nation’s two best teams - with the Victorian Aces and NSW Patriots locking horns for the third time in eight days
After NSW had won their first round clash 8-7, the Aces turned the table in the Major-Semi final, beating the Patriots 4-3 in a magnificent, late-inning, come from behind victory and setting the stage for a dramatic final clash

But ultimately there could be only one winner, with Victoria repeating the semi-final magic to again beat the Patriots 4-3 on the last play of the game

The win ensures the Aces are finally able to overcome the stigma of perennial “Bridesmaids” that had surrounded them after finishing second in three of the last four Claxton Shield finals

On the mound Patriots’ right hander Vaughan Harris matched up with the Aces’ number one hurler Greg Wiltshire, who was starting his second consecutive Claxton Shield final for Victoria

NSW started the scoring in the top of the second inning when, what initially looked like a brilliant defensive play from Aces shortstop Brad Harman, dragged first-baseman Daniel Berg off the bag, allowing Patriots veteran Brendan Kingman to cross the plate for the game’s opening run

But the lead was short lived as the Aces squared the ledger in the bottom of the inning when, with two men on base, Patriots’ star Glenn Williams failed to glove a tough chance at short and handing Victoria a gift equaliser

The see-saw battle looked like it might continue when the Patriots’ terrible trio of Gavin Fingleson, Glenn Williams and Brendan Kingman combined to manufacture a run with two outs in the very next inning, on back-to-back singles, and a towering Kingman drive that Victorian Andrew Russell misplayed just in front of the right field wall

With NSW clinging desperately to a 2-1 lead the pitchers turned up the intensity, as both sides traded zeros for the next two frames before Kingman again entered the fray
Treating the 2007 grand-final like his own personal wrecking ground, Kingman blasted a double past the outstretched glove of Victorian left fielder Derek Shumpert to drive in a run and extend the NSW lead

But like the slogan of a good Spielberg film, “just when the Patriots thought it was safe”, Victorian catcher Matthew Kent led off the next inning by launching a missile long and deep into the Perth night, narrowing the deficit to a single run

Not to be outdone, Aces third-baseman and co-captain, Ben Utting - playing in his thirteenth Claxton Shield - crushed a fastball from the Patriots’ Todd Grattan over the rightfield wall to tie the scores at three-all going into the final stretch

But after NSW threatened in the top half of the ninth putting runners at the corners, their failure to score was the window that the Aces’ bandwagon had been waiting for

The rally started with a Ryan Booth single to centre, but when Andrew Russell’s attempted sacrifice-bunt saw Booth nailed at second, it looked for a moment like the game was destined for extra innings
However after Ben Utting hit a laser to third baseman Mark Holland that was too hot to handle, the game turning play came with runners at first aand second base and one out in the final frame
Leadoff speedster Paul Weichard hit what looked like an inning-ending double-play to Gavin Fingleson at second, but despite an efficient turn from the NSW pivots, Weichard was able to beat out the throw to keep Victoria’s championship hopes alive
With that play, NSW Manager Shane Barclay went to his bullpen, bringing Andrew Cooke in to face Victorian second baseman Pal Rutgers
Cooke immediately fell behind in the count, 2 balls and 0 strikes, before Rugers arrived as the Victorian messiah, lacing a single into left field that brought home Andrew Russell and sent the Claxton Shield back to Victoria for a record setting twenty-first time


The Awards

The win completed a fantastic series for the Aces who also made a near sweep of the tournament awards

Right-Hand pitcher Greg Wiltshire was named the Grand-Final MVP for his remarkable effort on the mound

Paul Rutgers was awarded the “Golden Glove” as the most outstanding defensive player of the Series

Big-hitting catcher Matthew Kent took out the “Offensive Champion” prize as well as the prestigious “Helms Award” which is given annually to the most valuable player at the Claxton Shield

Not to be forgotten are “Pitching Champion” Dushan Ruzic (SA) and

37-year-old “Rookie of the Year” David Rosser (NSW) who won the award for being the best player in his first Shield hit-out